Britain is now the most unequal country in Europe. From being the nation that built the groundbreaking NHS in the wake of a world war and went on to create a welfare state, social housing and education systems that other countries aspired to emulate, it is now on the verge of being a warning to the rest of the world, rather than a beacon.
So is the UK now, as the title of University of Oxford geographer Danny Dorling‘s acclaimed new book suggests, a shattered nation – and is it fated to remain one? What about those of us working for a future that serves the many instead of the few – are we doomed to disappointment?
No, says Professor Dorling, who insists his close focus on the demographic, economic and policy landscape of today’s UK – and the now undeniable evidence of the toll taken by austerity and the ever-greater enrichment of the 1% – has not caused him to abandon hope. He is, he says, at heart an optimist, and in an informal pre-dinner talk free of complex graphs or dense academic jargon, he promises to tell us why.
Join the Finsbury Park branch of Islington North CLP for an opportunity to hear from the UK’s leading inequalities expert and Labour Party member about where we have come from, where we are today, and what tomorrow may hold.
Professor Dorling’s talk will be followed by a potluck supper, all in an intimate setting in one of Islington’s best-loved community centres, The Old Fire Station. Tickets are £10 for those who bring a contribution to the potluck supper (salads, mains or desserts, with vegetarian offerings particularly welcome) and £15 for those who prefer not to bring a dish. Concession tickets (unwaged, low waged, students, retired people and carers) are £5. Coffee, tea and soft drinks will be provided, and there will be a cash bar and raffle as part of our fundraising objectives.
Islington North CLP members, their friends, family and supporters are all welcome. Tickets are strictly limited to 30, so don’t wait to book!.
This will be a seated event in The Hall on the ground floor of The Old Fire Station, located at 84 Mayton Street, London N7 6QT. The Hall is wheelchair-accessible.